Other religions

Switzerland also has non-Christian communities, which include members of the Muslim  and Jewish faiths.

View of the Buddhist monastery and the Wat Srinagarindravararam temple in Gretzenbach
The Budhist monastery and temple Wat Srinagarindravararam in Gretzenbach is a spiritual centre for Thais in Switzerland. © Roland Zumbühl

Switzerland also has several other Christian communities besides Roman Catholics and mainstream Protestants. They make up 5.8% of the population.

With a share of around 2.2%, the Orthodox churches are the third-largest Christian community in Switzerland.

5.1% of the Swiss resident population are Muslim,   many of whom are originally from the Balkans and Turkey, and most live in Switzerland’s urban centres (Zurich, Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, Winterthur and St. Gallen).

0.2% of the Swiss population are Jewish. Over two dozen Swiss towns have a Jewish community The cities of Geneva and Zurich are home to the largest Jewish communities in Switzerland. Their umbrella organisation is the Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities, which was founded in 1904.

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